“Our goal was to have at least one go to state, and we’re thrilled to have two.”
• At the Region 7-2A tournament, the season came to an end for Murray County’s boys, but the Lady Indians won their-first round match in the eight team bracket to clinch a spot in the Class 2A state tournament, which starts next week.
In matches played on the Calhoun Recreation Department courts, the fourth-seeded Lady Indians (10-6) beat fifth-seeded Model 3-2 behind singles wins from No. 1 Gabbie Bordelon, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 2 Allison Jones, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, plus a doubles win by No. 1 Erica Steelman and Chloe Brown, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Murray County fell 5-0 to No. 1-seeded Armuchee in the semifinals, but will take on third-seeded Pepperell for third place at 10 a.m. today.
First-year Murray County coach Becky Quast said the Lady Indians have been working on adjusting to opponents, a strategy that was helpful in Tuesday’s tournament play.
“My girls have been really strong this season and they played really good tennis today,” she said. “It was a really critical match and my girls did what they needed to do to win.”
The Indians, who were seeded seventh, lost 5-0 to second-seeded Armuchee and ended their season with a 3-12 mark.
• Whitefield Academy 3, Christian Heritage 1: The lone win for the Lions (6-9) came at No. 1 singles as Phillip McClure won 6-2, 6-2, but Christian Heritage was eliminated in the opening round of the Area 4-A tournament at Darlington.
• North Murray 4, Coahulla Creek 0: Aaron Granger held the Colts to four hits while earning the complete-game victory in a Region 5-3A contest in Chatsworth.
Granger — who struck out six and didn’t allow a runner past second — also had a two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth. Lake Burris went 2-for-3 with a double for the Mountaineers (8-11, 5-5), who scored their first run on an Ethan Lents sacrifice fly in the third; a Coahulla Creek (7-13, 4-7) error led to another run in the inning.
Blake Phillips took the loss for the Colts after giving up six hits while striking out four in six innings of work.
• Southeast Whitfield 3, Ridgeland 2: Southeast’s Rhett Harper, who missed all of this past basketball season after tearing his ACLin a loss to Dalton on the football field last fall, made his athletic return — and he made it count.
On his first swing of the year, Harper connected on a first-pitch fastball as a pinch hitter in the fifth for a sacrifice fly that drove in Austin Pratt for what proved to be the winning run.
Jose Vargas was 2-for-3 with a double and Pedro Vargas added an RBI. On the mound, Pedro Vargas pitched five innings of three-hit ball to get the win, while Tyler Hale pitched two innings in relief to earn the save for the Raiders (5-18, 2-11 Sub-region 7B-4A).
• Northwest Whitfield 11, LaFayette 1: Diego Peralta was 3-for-3 with three RBIs as the Bruins (18-3, 13-0 7B-4A) rolled to the run-rule shortened win.
Kyle Brock was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, while A.J. Oroczco went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. The Bruins also got doubles from Brady Middleton, Edwin Hernandez and Andy Whisenant, plus RBI singles from Will Brock and Walker Maret.
• Heritage-Catoosa 7, Dalton 1: The Cats (10-11, 9-4 Sub-region 7B-4A) managed just four hits at home as Kaleb Hill went 2-for-3 and Brandon Dale had the lone RBI. On the mound, Dale gave up five earned runs in six innings to take the loss.
Dalton will need to sweep the final two games of this week’s three-game series to take the sub-region’s No. 2 seed for the region playoffs.
• Pepperell 5, Murray County 0: Nick Stiles had the lone hit for the Indians (0-14, 0-12 Region 7-2A), who played error-free baseball on the road.
• Northwest’s junior varsity team ended its season with a sweep of host LaFayette on Tuesday. The Bruins (11-5-1) won the opener 3-2 and took the second game 5-1.
In the first game, Jack Creswell pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven, and he was also 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Aaron Ball added a double, while Caleb Shiflett and Austin Smith each drove in a run.
In the nightcap, Austin Morrison and Maret combined for a no-hitter as LaFayette’s lone run was unearned. Shiflet was 3-for-3 with an RBI, whil Logan Hilton had an RBI single.
• Results from Christian Heritage’s scheduled game at Darlington were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.